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Melymbrosia: A Novel Hardcover – June 13, 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1 edition (June 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woolf scholar DeSalvo (Hunter Coll.) worked seven years reassembling and editing this unpublished novel from early drafts among Woolf's papers and first published a scholarly edition of the book in 1982. This trade edition contains a new introduction by DeSalvo and eliminates much of the scholarly apparatus that accompanied the first version. The book traces the emotional and sexual awakening of a young British woman traveling abroad, and large portions of it appeared in Woolf's first published novel, The Voyage Out. In her introduction, DeSalvo argues that the book's themes reflect Woolf's own struggles with mental health following the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her half-brother Gerald Duckworth. This book has been criticized by Woolf's great-nephew Julian Bell, and the publication in trade format has generated protest from those who don't believe Woolf would have wanted this novel in print. Still, what is here is the earliest work of one of the great writers of the 20th century. Readers will get a glimpse of the young artist working to find the voice and style that would later produce masterpieces like Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. In this regard, readers of Woolf will want to read this early effort, which is more conventional than her later works. For literary collections. Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ. Lib., Manhattan
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"The book is a remarkably fresh read." -- Associated Press

"Vigorous in its discussion of gender roles and frank presentation of sexuality.… A fresh look at an important modernist writer." -- Bloomsbury Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on September 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Woolf's first novel "Melymbrosia" was completed in 1912, but wasn't published until 1915 under the title "The Voyage Out". Louise DeSalvo has pieced together this first manuscript to offer the public a glimpse into the early creative mind of Woolf. Following the same basic plot as "The Voyage Out" (a young woman's journey to sexual and emotional awakening), "Melymbrosia" is much more frank in its portrayal of politics and sexuality (including homosexuality). Another difference is the raw and unpolished feel that this early draft contains. DeSalvo chose to retain some of Woolf's errors in this version, and while this doesn't necessarily detract from the story, it does make the reader wonder about their inclusion. "Melymbrosia" is a fascinating and powerful look into Virginia Woolf's early writing and life that conveys the passions she felt for all aspects of life, which she felt she needed to mute to some degrees in order to gain acceptance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy S on December 6, 2012
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This is an excellent addition to one's Woolf collection. I'm not certain if I would read it before reading her published works, but certainly afterwards, as it will add a lot of dimensions and insight to what you already know.
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